New Acadia Farm

11 acres • $365,000

Property Owner:

Private non-farming landowner

Contact Name:

Robin Russell

Property Location:

Randolph Center, VT
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The Land

Total number of acres available with this property:

11.2

Total acres available for agriculture:

9.0

Acres of forested land:

0.0

Acres of cropland or tillable land:

6.0

Acres of pasture:

9.0

Other open and/or non-farmable land:

Fenced Orchard already established with 30 fruit trees. A grassy meadow surrounds the house out to the orchard, and has been planted in vegetables in the past. A large yard offers many options for landscaping with herbs, greenhouses and gardens or pasture. Surrounded on all sides by dairy pasture, corn and hay fields, this is farm country.

Quality of land:

The hayfield has been managed organically by a local dairy farmer who only returns manure back to the field. No chemicals have been used in my six years of ownership, and as far as I know, the previous owner allowed the same arrangement. The orchard and meadow, likewise have not had any chemicals applied. The land is gently sloping to the east and has some areas of good drainage, while other areas are quite damp. A possible pond site exists just beyond the stand of pines behind the house. I do not know the fertility quality, but will be gathering more of that information by spring. The neighbor to the southeast would possibly welcome grazing and farming activities on their portion of the open field. Additional land (up to 25 acres) is currently in agricultural use, and is for sale across the street FSBO. Soil types: Hay field: CaB Cabot Silt Loam 0-8% slope. Orchard and meadows: BuB Buckland Loam, 3 - 8 % slope Source: https://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov/App/WebSoilSurvey.aspx

Farm Information

Water sources present:

Available

Water sources details:

Drilled well.

Barns and sheds:

None available

Farmer housing:

Available

Farmer housing details:

The well-built, easily maintained, one-story main house has 1823 sq. feet of living space. Built in 2001, the ranch-style 3 br, 2 bth has an open floorpan, attached two-car garage, and small shed. The unfinished basement offers plenty of storage. A separate 450 sq ft caretaker cabin has a a 3/4 bath studio with kitchen and on-demand hot water.

Equipment and machinery:

Available

Equipment and machinery details:

A commercial quality zero turn mower and residential snow blower are available along with a limited assortment of tools. Depending on the negotiated arrangement, they may or may not be included with a lease or sale.

Farm infrastructure details:

Only a small wood/machine shed exists, which is attached to the house. There are many suitable sites for outbuildings to be erected.

Tenure Arrangement

Tenure arrangement:

Property for sale

Property for rent

Other

Property for sale:

Property was appraised last summer and may be put on the market in the spring at this price, but this listing is currently the only listing. There is a solar/wood/oil heating system that boosts the market value, and there is great potential for living "green" well into the future here. I will consider long-term creative financing and transfer of ownership to a farmer with a solid business plan, capital and skills to make this a working landscape.

Sale price:

$365,000

Additional Information

This property has alot of potential for someone with vision and dreams. With low maintenance and comfortable housing, good soils and drainage, and the community of an agricultural neighborhood and region, the infra-structure is here for the long-term farmer. Conveniently only 4 miles from I-89 and Vermont Technical College, the location offers access to services along with the  pastoral working landscape Vermont is known for.  Long-range easterly views and gently sloping lands a favorable exposure for both agriculture and solar energy generation. An array of solar collectors are already in place, and exposure is excellent for adding more alternative energy generation.